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and constitutional law. and while looking at china's political and economic and military power, and another on the situation in syria. >> one of the major effects on hurricane sandy was on telecommunications. that is our topic today on "the communicators." christopher guttman-mccabe is our guest today. mr. christopher guttman-mccabe, overall, what was the effect of hurricane sandy on your organization, verizon, sprint, at&t and etc. >> guest: thank you. i wouldn't mind taking a step back and providing a little perspective on this storm and the impact it had. mayor bloomberg said that the damage was unprecedented. but it may be the worst storm that the city has ever faced. and the previous title search, it was 14 feet. governor chris christie said the damage was unthinkable. we have buyers. we had hurricane force winds. we had massive flooding and if you look at that in the flooding of the subway system and the shutdown of the stock exchanges, you start to get the scale and scope of this form. and yet, the networks perform. i have read dozens of stories over the last couple of weeks about ho
. when you are working with building codes or resigning -- zoning restrictions or environmental laws and limitations, you have to work within those confines. the carrier's learned something with every natural disaster, every storm the face. they learn, what is the right for to put equipment on the tax touch fuel do you need? -- -- right floor to put equipment on, how much fuel do you need? they learn how to coordinate with first responders in advance. we meet with the mat and the department of homeland security and fcc -- fema and the department of homeland security and fcc to make sure that the folks have the right credentials in place to be able to get through blockades that public safety puts in place. the investment is ongoing, it is tremendous, to make sure that these networks continue to run. >> what is the cost of this storm to your member organizations? >> it is not something that anyone really looks at. i think they look at it as part of the business of making sure the networks are up and running, that consumers continue -- i have not seen a number. i do not expect i will. i
it in with as much fuel as allowed, but when you're working with zoning restrictions or environmental laws and limitations, you know, you have to work within those confines. and the yeaiers learn something -- carriers learn something with every natural disaster or every storm that they face. they learn what is the right floor to put equipment on, what is the right floor to put -- how much fuel do you need, how many, you know, we call cows and colts which are cell sites on wheels or light trucks. and the carriers get better. they learn how to work with fuel vendors in advance so that they have this hundreds of thousands of gallons of fuel in reserve. they learn how to coordinate with first responders in advance and before, during and after. we meet with fema and the department of homeland security and the fcc in advance of a storm like this, in the lead-up in the days, you know, while it's happening and in the days of after on multiple, multiple calls to make sure that the folks have their right credentials in the place to be able to get through blockades that public safety puts in place. s
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